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Monday, August 21 2017

The Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Sanibel's J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is world famous, and absolutely worth the visit! Located on Sanibel-Captiva Road, the Refuge has eight miles of walking/biking trails that can fill your day, along with incredible bird watching opportunities. You can watch Roseate Spoonbills feeding in the ponds, as wall as a gator or two sunning along the road. The Refuge also offers tram rides as well as daily events for adults and children. Ding darling wildlife refuge

Bailey Tract Preserve Sanibel

You can read more about the Refuge Here, and watch my short video (left). The Refuge also has an informative Welcome Center that tells the history of Ding Darling's incredible life as well as and the history of the Refuge. The Welcome Center has lots of information, along with a gift shop and walking/driving tour maps, and scheduled daily activities.

The Refuge also includes the Bailey Tract, located off Tarpon Bay Road. The Tract is 100 acres with walking/biking trails and incredible wildlife. You can read more about the Bailey Tract Here.

"Ding Darling" was a well-known political cartoonist, as well as an environmentalist. He was instrumental in getting President Truman to sign an Executive Order that created the Refuge in 1945. It wasn't until 1967 that the Refuge was renamed in honor of J.N. "Ding" Darling. Today the Wildlife Refuge consists of more than 6,400 acres, with 2,800 acres being designated by Congress as a Federal Wildlife Preserve. Ding darling wildlife refuge
Ding darling wildlife refuge


 
Wildlife Drive will give you and your family an experience you will talk about for years. Your children will never forget their visit! The views are spectacular, especially at low tide when the birds flock to the sand bars to eat. 

Definitely put a trip to Sanibel's Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on your vacation schedule! If you're reading this from miles away, you can pull up live wildlife cameras from the Refuge Here.

And of course summertime is a great time to check out Sanibel and Captiva real estate! This year we have a super selection of homes, condos and homesites to choose from. You can see my listings Here, or you can search every listing in our multiple listing service Here. Another way to find the perfect property is to just Contact Me with your criteria and put me to work for you! I live here and I know the market. Let me help you find your perfect place in paradise! Sarah Ashton broker associate

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
ReMax of the Islands
239-691-4915

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Wednesday, August 03 2016

Sanibel Island Has Lots To Do!

You might think Sanibel summers are slow, with not much to do. That's not the case! For island events you can check out the calendar of events posted through our Chamber of Commerce - Here. With fewer people on-island you can enjoy our beaches and historical sites without the crowds from the winter months. 

Just to name a few fun things locals enjoy, we can start with the Historic Sanibel Lighthouse at the east end of the island. This lighthouse has quite a cool history! Did you know this was the first lighthouse on the west coast of Florida? It was completed in 1884. You can learn more about ou lighthouse Here.

Things to do on Sanibel Island

Things to do on Sanibel Island

Of course our J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is world famous and absolutely worth the visit. The Refuge has a welcome center that tells the history of Ding Darling and the Refuge. Eight miles of walking/biking trails can fill your day, and bird watching in the Refuge is fantastic! You can watch Roseate Spoonbills feeding in the ponds, as wall as a gator or two sunning along the road. They also offer tram rides as well as daily events for adults and children to participate. You can read more about it Here, and watch my short video (left).
I know it's warm out there, but a nice bike ride is always fun. Especially on Sanibel Island! We have over 20 miles of bike/walking trails throughout the island. You can also detour through the numerous preserve property trails. You can get to just about all of our restaurants as well as biking to our local shops. You can go Here to see a map of Sanibel's bike trails. Things to do on Sanibel Island
We can't leave out Captiva Island! You can check out Captiva's unique "Downtown" for some fun shopping, as well as grabbing something to eat at the Mucky Duck restaurant overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Captiva Island also offers four private marinas that have boat rentals, fishing and shelling guides, and sailboat charters. There is no better way to cool off than to get out on the water! You can go to my "Downtown" Captiva page Here, and check out my Captiva video (left).
Things to do on Sanibel Island

Our Sanibel Historic Village is another fun thing to do with the kids. They are closed for a few months in the summers so give them a call before visiting. You can read about the Village Here.

Just off our islands you can visit the historic homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The attached Edison workshop shows many of his amazing inventions! And the landscaping is world renown! Read more about the Edison and Ford homes Here.

While you're on the island you might as well check out properties available! You can easily look at what's available through my real estate search page. You can search by price, size, location or map! Easy! Check it out Here.

Call me today with any questions and I promise to do everything I can help you.

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Things to do on Sanibel Island

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
ReMax of the Islands
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Thursday, October 29 2015

Some of our favorite things...

It's fun to see what people say about "some of their favorite things" on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, and I want to tell you the rest of the results from my casual survey from my clients and friends. I mentioned before that the winner of the "favorite beach" location was beach access number 7 on West Gulf Drive. I think we all have our favorite beach location, but I have to agree that access 7 does take you to some spectacular shelling after a strong westerly wind. On the other hand, anyplace you can stick your umbrella into the sand is a super place to spend the day!

Sanibel Island real estate

Sanibel Island real estate

Sanibel island real estate

Sanibel Island real estate

If you're wondering what the poll revealed as the favorite restaurant, Sweet Melissa's, located at 1625 Periwinkle Way, was the winner! 

Runners-up were Il Cielo, Il Tesoro, Sanibel Café, Timbers, Lazy Flamingo and Rosies all receiving multiple votes. With so many great restaurants on Sanibel & Captiva Islands, it's hard to pick a favorite!

Biking on Sanibel has always been a major reason some people love our islands. When I asked what bike route was the favorite, it's hard to argue with the winner being all the trails in the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. You can spend your entire vacation exploring our favorite sanctuary. We had a tie for second best bike trail, the Sanibel Pond Apple Trail and the trail near the Over Easy Cafe on Tarpon Bay Road. With over 20 miles of biking/walking trails on Sanibel, it's a fun way to spend some time and get some exercise.

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Sanibel island real estate

Captiva island real estate And don't forget to give me a call Today so I can start my search for your perfect piece of paradise! If you know of someone you would like to make your neighbor...pass my number along! 239-691-4915

If you want to start your Sanibel real estate search yourself, you can use my free and easy search engine. You can search by map, address, size, condo, home, or homesite.

We have a great selection of properties and I'm sure I can find just the right spot for you! This is one of the best times to visit and start your property search, our weather is spectacular, the waters are warm, the shells are plentiful and I'm looking forward to helping you find your perfect piece of paradise!

Sanibel Island real estate

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915
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Monday, October 05 2015

Always a winner!

Living on Sanibel Island we sometimes forget to notice how special our islands are to the outside world. We are always winning awards or being named as #1 in beaches, fishing, shelling, vacations, and so on. Over the years we have been mentioned in articles all over the world. Of course it doesn't seem like news to those of us who live here... we know how wonderful Sanibel Island and Captiva Island are!

Our Chamber of Commerce recently published a list of a few awards our Islands have received. I'll post a few of them at the end of this blog.

Sanibel real estate

Sanibel real estate

Sanibel real estate

Sanibel real estate

I recently put together an online survey to see what my friends and clients would pick for their favorite island place. 

When I asked what beach is a favorite, it seems the beach at "Access 7" located on West Gulf Drive is the favorite choice! Parking is restricted and limited, but easy to access by bike. 

Another favorite (came in as a strong second) is Bowmans Beach off Sanibel-Captiva Drive. I have a tough time picking my favorite beach. Some days I think Blind Pass beach is the best, but during our busy winter season I think I like the limited access beaches off West Gulf Drive. It's a tough choice when you have over 20 miles of beach to chose from.

In my survey I also asked for favorite bike ride, and favorite island restaurant. I'll post the results of those in upcoming blogs. Sanibel Island and Captiva Island always have something to offer, and many times we get chosen as "best" in a survey. Not bad for a tiny area located in Southwest Florida!

Sanibel real estate

Sanibel real estate

Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island

As for local news and current things to do on the island, you can always pull up the calendar at our Chamber of Commerce website. From education, to tennis, to our 10th annual "Pirate Fest," there is always something fun to do!

While on the islands you might as well put me to work looking for your perfect place in paradise! This is a great time to start your Sanibel real estate search. Just let me know your criteria and I can gather a list of properties that fit your needs. Whether a condo, home, or homesite, I know my islands and I can help you find just what you want. Call me Today! 

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If you want to start your real estate search on your own, I have the best search feature on my website. You can search by map, price, size, or any other criteria that's important to you! Click Here to give it a try!

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If you're wondering what some of our "Island Awards" are, here's a list of just a few that were recently listed on our Chamber website;
2015 – US News Travel – Sanibel Island ranked #3 for Best Family Beach Vacation
2015 – FamilyFun Travel Awards – Sanibel Island ranked #1 family travel destination
2014 – US News Travel – Sanibel Island ranked #4 for Best Family Beach Vacations
2014 – Coastal Living – Captiva Island voted #2 happiest seaside town
2014 – CNN Travel –  10 Best Budget Vacations for spring – Sanibel Island
2014 – USA Today 10Best – Sanibel & Captiva ranked 6th best Birdwatching
2014 – Men’s Journal – Sanibel named ‘Best for Shell Hunting’
2014 – FlipKey by TripAdvisor – Top Beach Vacations
2014 – SmarterTravel – Sanibel Island Makes Smarter Travel’s 1 of 10 Best Beach Towns in Florida
2013 – Condé Nast Traveler Magazine – Sanibel & Captiva islands – chosen by Traveler Magazine for one of 5 Perfect  Weekends in Florida
2013 – Coastal  Living – 2013 annual America’s Happiest Seaside Towns – and also Sanibel was voted one of the best places to live on the coast
2013 – USA Today – voted part of the 10 best attractions in Florida – Seashells on  Sanibel Island – voted in December 2013 by USA Today Readers’ Choice awards
2013 – TripAdvisor – Travelers Choice Awards – TripAdvisor choice awards voted Sanibel Island as one of the top 10 islands to visitin the US
2013 – Travel & Leisure Magazine – listed Captiva Island as one of the most Romantic Beach Getawaysin their August 2013 feature
2013 – Travel Channel – Top 10 Beaches in Florida– both Sanibel island and Captiva island make the top 10 list
2013 – Peter Greenberg – Best Bird-watching  – Peter Greenberg, America’s foremost travel expert, listed the J.N. Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge among his top five recommended spots for a bird-watching spring break vacation
2013 – Smarter Travel – Sanibel Island Makes Smarter Travel’s 1 of 10 Best Beach Towns in Florida
2012 – USA Today – Sanibel – 10 Great Places for Families to Escape the Snow and Best Beach Towns in Florida
2012 – U.S. News & World Report  – Best Florida Beaches – ranked Sanibel Island’s beach at the top of the magazine’s list of the 8 Best Florida Beaches
2012 – Dr. Beach – Most Romantic Beaches – Captiva Island has been ranked one of the country’s  most romantic beaches for two consecutive years by Stephen Leatherman, Ph.D., (a.k.a. Dr. Beach) Florida International University, recognized as the nation’s foremost beach authority
2011 – Frommer’s – Arthur Frommer’s 10 Favorite Travel Destinations – Arthur Frommer named Sanibel Island one of the “Top Ten Favorite Places to Travel” in the world
2011 – Condé Nast Traveler Magazine – Sanibel and Captiva earned top spots in the Top-10 North America Islands list: Sanibel Island ranked fourth, while Captiva Island came in at number six
2011 – Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice award – Best Beaches in the United States voted Sanibel (#5) and Captiva (#8)  and 16th in the world by Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award
2011 – Condé Nast Traveler Magazine – Best Kayaking 2011
Older Notable Awards
2010 – Condé Nast Traveler – Top 10 North American Islands  voted Sanibel and Captiva in the top 10
2010 – The Travel Channel – selected Sanibel as  “Best Shelling Beach.” Among the rare shells collected here are the brown speckled junonia,  sculpted lion’s paw, coveted golden olive, golden tulip and Scotch bonnet. Live shelling is prohibited on our beaches.
2010 – Travel Channel – Top 10 Beaches in Florida  – Sanibel Island has been named one of the “the best in the world” in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards
2005 – Condé Nast Traveler magazine – 2005 Readers’ Choice Awards have acknowledged Sanibel and Captiva islands as among “destinations approaching perfection.”

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915
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Thursday, January 22 2015

The Sanibel App is informative and fun!

I was trying to think of something fun to do, and I came up with just that! The Sanibel App is free and has lots of features to help visitors and residents find fun things to do on the island. You can go to the GooglePlay store, the Apple Store, or the easiest way is to just go to www.SanibelApp.com and click on either the Google or Apple icon!

The App is a great way to plan your stay if you're visiting, or to look for new things to do if you are a resident. I also included a list of my most trusted businesses on the island! 

Sanibel App
Sanibel business directory Sanibel Green Sanibel Island information

This App is a great way to explore! I have lots of articles for you to check out: Sanibel's Historic Village, the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Beach access points, bike routes and much more!

Of course you can also explore island real estate. I have one of the best real estate search engines to help you search by price, map, location or any other criteria you like.

So check out the Sanibel App and let me know what you think! If you want more features just let me know what you need and I can add updates to the App.

Click on the Google Play or App Store icons on the right to download the Sanibel App!

Sanibel App

Sanibel App

Sanibel App

Besides telling you about my App, I also want to tell you a bit about the start of our busy "winter" season. It looks like the economy is back and buyers are looking! Our island inventory of homes, condos, and homesites offers something for everyone!

For sale on Sanibel Island we currently have listed:
Homes - 153
Condos - 120
Homesites - 83

I'm sure we have just the right property for you! Check out my easy property search web feature and you can start your property search yourself.

And if you are a current owner and are thinking of selling... give me a call. My listings sell!

Contact me today!

Sanibel homes for sale

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915

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Monday, October 21 2013

"Ding" Darling is back open for business!

After being closed for the summer for major road repairs, and general upgrades, the J.N. National Wildlife Refuge is back open for business! It was a rocky re-opening, as just when the Refuge was about to open, we had the federal government shutdown. When the Refuge finally opened this past Thursday, the refuge manager offered free admission for the day!  I took advantage of the opportunity and enjoyed a lovely bike ride, on the newly paved Wildlife Drive around 5:30 in the afternoon. The light was magical - low and glowing. There were some birds but the main thing I saw was a 4 foot aligator. I am really glad I jumped on my bike as the Refuge resumed its regular schedule and was closed on Friday!

We're happy to welcome back all the Refuge workers and we are looking forward to a busy year as we let our wildlife entertain us! With over 60% of Sanibel Island being preserve property, there is always something fun to see! See below for information about our ongoing "Ding Darling Days."

The main road, Wildlife Drive, has been resurfaced with concrete pavement for long life, as well as help with future road maintenance. Improvements were also made to the parking area, observation tower, Calusa Shell Mound Trail and the Wulfert Keys Trail.

The Refuge is one of Sanibel Island's major attractions and it's great to have it open to the public again.

If you are  in the area, or planning to visit, visiting the Wildlife Refuge is a must! There are three major trails as well as the four-mile main Wildlife Drive. There is the four-mile Indigo Trail, the quarter mile Shell Mound Trail and the quarter mile Wulfert Keys Trail.

And, of course, there is the visitor's center just next to the parking area. The Center tells the history of "Ding" as well as all the wildlife you can expect to see along the trails. Be sure to bring your camera!

The Refuge opened just in time for "Ding Darling Days," which offers events from tram tours, to wildlife presentations, and even fun things for the kids like archery. The event is underway from October 20 to October 26th. Stop on by and enjoy all there is to offer!

You can check out events for Ding Darling Days Here.

In other news, we had our first cold front last week where our temp dipped below 70 degrees! Although I think the dip happened in the middle of the night. Summer is definitely over and our daytime temps have been in the mid 80s. This means it's time for our part-time residents to return for our fantastic winter season. We also have a GREAT inventory of properties for sale on the islands. Contact me and can make you a Sanibel-Captiva Island resident! Whether it's a home, homesite or condo, I can find you the perfect place in paradise!

There is always something fun to do on the islands and it's time you made this area your home! Miles of beach, shopping, 20+ miles of bike/walking trails, the best restaurants, and lots and lots of natural environment for you to enjoy - Call Me Today!

239-691-4915

 

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915

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Tuesday, July 02 2013

Our Wildlife Get A Makeover

Okay, so maybe our wildlife doesn't get a makeover, but Wildlife Drive does! Wildlife Drive, the main road through the Refuge, is being re-paved and is expected to reopen October 1, 2013.

The good news is that the rest of the Refuge will remain open. You can still visit the Education Center (free), and also enjoy everything on the summer program schedule - click here for the full list!

This is from the press release about the closure, "This construction project will replace the existing open-grade pavement on Wildlife Drive with an asphalt concrete pavement. Existing and newly planted vegetation will help filter runoff. Portions of the shoulder currently used for parking will be reinforced and/or topped with crushed stone/gravel to prevent erosion and additional runoff.

Check our my Refuge Video above!

The Press Release continues, "The new surface will be an asphalt concrete that will extend the life of Wildlife Drive for 20 years, and will enhance visitor access, especially for bicyclists and pedestrians. Indigo Trail will only be accessible through guided tours conducted by Tarpon Bay Explorers. All other refuge access locations, including Tarpon Bay Recreation Area and the Bailey Tract will remain open."

This means you should still come and check it out! A guided tour along the Indigo Trail would really make your day. All the wildlife along Wildlife Drive can also be found along the Indigo Trail, and the Visitor Center is a great place to learn about our area as well as cool off before heading to the Bailey Tract area (also  open!).

J.N. Darling Website

 

We love our local wildlife and it makes sense to take care of our protected areas. In case you didn't know, Sanibel is over 60% preserve property. We take our natural surrounding seriously... and it's worth it. As a long-time Sanibel resident, I can assure you our Sanibel lifestyle is something you should try! Contact me for information about making the move to Sanibel Island!

If you want to check out the live web-cam of the improvements being made to the Refuge, Click Here. Maybe you will see one of our alligators checking out his new road! I was just checking out the webcam and I think this might be a great way to watch one of our sunsets over the lagoon. Take a look and email me about anything interesting you see!

This is the week of our July 4th events and if you're in the area come check us out! Our parade (always a good time) starts at 9:30 a.m. The Parade Route will begin at Tarpon Bay Road on Periwinkle Way and end at Casa Ybel Road.

And yes, we will have fireworks! They start around 8:45 p.m. (dusk) and will be launched from the north end of Bailey Road. You can check out all the fourth events Here at the City of Sanibel website.

As always, I'm here and ready to help you become my island neighbor! Our summer is a great time to start your search for the perfect property. Whether it's a home, homesite or condo, I've got access to ALL the listings! Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you... Call Now!

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
239-691-4915
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Monday, June 03 2013

Take a Tour!

 

Did you know you can take a quick tour of some of our favorite neighborhoods? I've been putting together web pages and videos of Sanibel and Captiva for you to enjoy as you start your search of island properties. Our summer weather is almost here and it's a great time to enjoy all the sights and fun things to do on the islands. Besides searching for your island home, summer is great for birding, fishing, shelling and just enjoying miles and miles of our word famous beach!

Captiva Island

 

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"Downtown" Captiva

 

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Sunset Captiva

 

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Gulf Ridge

 

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Sea Oats

 

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Seaspray

 

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Sanibel Bayous

 

By watching these videos you can get an idea of what each neighborhood has to offer. I also have a web page for each area in my website's "Near Beach" section. It's a great place to start to explore our islands! I also have pages dedicated to the Lighthouse, Wildlife Refuge and a video tour of Sanibel's eastern end. As well as the information in my website, I'd love for you to use my contact form, or call me at 239-691-4915, so I can put together information for you for your perfect island property!

 

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Bayous North

 

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Herons Landing II

 

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Herons Landing

 

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The Dunes

 

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The Sanctuary

 

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Lake Murex

 

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West Rocks

 

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East Rocks

 

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Beachview
When you're looking for something to do this summer I can help you explore and learn about my favorite place, Sanibel Island. I'm a long-time resident of Sanibel Island, and I love to show off what these islands have to offer. Royal Shell Real Estate has offices on Captiva Island as well as Sanibel Island and I have access to every listed property! Call Me! 239-691-4915

 

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Seagull Estates

 

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Sea Oats

 

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Chateaux Sur Mer

It's June already and I'm getting ready for another busy summer. I am never too busy to help you and your family and friends with their island real estate! I'm looking forward do hearing from you and I hope you enjoy my video tours!

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
www.SarahAshton.com
239-691-4915

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Tuesday, March 26 2013

SarahAshton.com - The Best Place To Start!

This week I would like to point out some of the fun and useful things that you can do with my website! From interesting facts about Sanibel and Captiva Islands to informative videos of our neighborhoods and condos, this is a one-stop site for all your island questions.

The Captiva video on the  right is a great way to check out Captiva Island and what it has to offer. I also have a Captiva webpage, a "Downtown" Captiva webpage along with links to our restaurants and marinas! I also have a video of my Gulf front Captiva listing for you to enjoy.

Captiva is world famous for its beaches, sights and quaint style and I'd love to be able to show you around!

If you want to search for properties, my site has the most modern and useful search engine you will find. You can search with whatever criteria you wish, or by map (left), or subdivision or condo. It's easy to use and you can save your searches and email your results to friends and relatives.

I even have a page of important numbers you might need when you decide to move to the islands.

As you drive around the island checking out which areas or condos look good to you, you can use my mobile site as you travel around the island. You can search properties with your smart phone or tablet as well as learn about the area and what it has to offer.

If you want to check out Sanibel before you get to the island, I have a couple of videos I made of the east end of the island. It's a great place to start! Click Here! I'm also proud of a video I have of one of Sanibel Island's most popular sites - The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

As for our local neighborhoods and condos, my condo page and neighborhood page have links to each area along with video tours of each area. This is a wonderful way to check out all the different areas of the island without leaving your home!

Each area has local information, an area map and virtual tour of the neighborhood or condo!

Other fun things you can do on my website -
How about a visit to our lighthouse?
Check out where our miles and miles of walking/bike trails lead!
How about how to go "Green" or to download my Green Guide!
Check out my listings along with videos!
Tips for the Buyer and the Seller!
And, of course, Contact Me for answers to ALL your questions!
Or you can just connect with me on Facebook or Pinterest!

My site has lots more to offer and please feel free to check out all my pages and links!

When it's time for you to buy or sell I'll be there for you! I am a long-time island resident and I love to show off my islands! This is your year to follow your heart to Sanibel And Captiva Islands!

Call Me!
239-691-4915
or use my Contact Form

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate, Captiva & Sanibel

 

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Wednesday, February 27 2013
Our own river on Sanibel Island!

The Sanibel River - We wouldn’t be Sanibel without it!

One of the things that makes Sanibel Island a truly unique place is that abundance of wildlife.  Birds, reptiles, and mammals of all types have made Sanibel home. The reason they can do this and flourish - The Sanibel River. 
 
  I recently read a really interesting article by Ed Brotak in Times of the Islands that brought forth some very interesting facts about the Sanibel River.

• It is actually a Slough, not a river.
• A Slough is an area of freshwater lowlands
• Because there is very little elevation change on Sanibel, the water in the River does not consistently flow in one direction
• The water levels in the Sanibel River are directly related to rainfall
• There are two Weirs that control the water levels in the river.
• SCCF – the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation was created in 1967 and has as a top priority the preservation of Sanibel’s freshwater wetlands.

If you would like to learn more about this unique feature on Sanibel Island, stop by the SCCF Nature Center.  From there you can view the river from their Observation Tower and learn more about the ecology of the island.  
And if you think it's time to become a part of our Sanibel Island lifestyle, I am ready to help you search for the perfect Sanibel Island Real Estate! Just give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form!

Our season is in full swing and our weather is as perfect as it can be! No snow, no ice, no winter storm warnings. Come on down and relax on our beaches and enjoy our wildlife!
Give me a call today!
Thanks!
Sarah
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Saturday, December 08 2012
Seaspray

Lately I've been telling you about great neighborhoods centrally located on Sanibel Island, and Seaspray is another one!

Beautifully landscaped, this area offers a small community of beach front and near beach properties.
Seaspray is near the 20 miles of Sanibel biking/walking trails, as well as the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Just a short distance down Sanibel-Captiva Road is Blind Pass separating Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Captiva Island offers three marinas with fishing guides, boat rentals and some of the areas best restaurants!
Currently there are two homes for sale in Seaspray. One is a four bedroom, five bath gulf front home for $2,348,000 and the other is also a gulf front. A five bed, five bath asking $3,395,000.

Homes in Seaspray are secluded with pristine tropical landscaping that fits in perfectly in our Sanibel Island lifestyle! Sanibel real estate at its best!
Seaspray is located just off of Sanibel Captiva Road and includes a community swimming pool and two tennis courts for your enjoyment.

Some of the homes in Seaspray also have their own pools. This neighborhood is just about perfect for enjoying everything our islands have to offer!
For more information about Seaspray you can visit my Seaspray webpage, as well as watch a short video tour of this great Sanibel Island neighborhood! Sanibel Real Estate at its Best!

If you have been thinking of buying on our islands, or in Fort Myers, now is the time to contact me for all the latest listings. Our winter busy season is just getting ready to start and we now have a nice inventory of homes, homesites and condos available.
If you are coming to this area in the future, or you just want to stay informed about homes or condos that would fit your buying criteria, please give me a call at 239-691-4915, or through my contact form. If you'd, like, I can enter your email and criteria into my automatic system and be notified whenever a new listing fitting your specs becomes available! Simple as that!
Thanks!
Sarah Ashton
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Sunday, November 18 2012

Our Favorite Sanctuary - Ding Darling

The J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge is known worldwide for its mangrove ecosystem and its incredible migratory bird population. It's also an easy way for visitors to enjoy nature and learn about our wildlife through our educational Visitor's Center. Driving and walking trails through the Refuge allow people to get close to our island wildlife.

Wildlife drive is a five-mile loop road that takes you through the 6,400 acre preserve. Over 220 species of birds call the sanctuary home and low tide is the best time to watch them feed and play in the shallow salt water and fresh water flats.

At the entrance to the Refuge there is the Visitor's Center where you can explore the in-depth workings of our mangrove ecosystem. There is also a hands-on area for kids!

To tour the preserve you can sign up for a narrated tram tour, or you can walk, bike or take your own car. Besides Wildlife Drive, there is the four-mile Indigo Trail, the quarter-mile Wulfert Keys Trail and the quarter-mile Shell Mound Trail. You can also tour by canoe or kayak! Just be sure to remember your camera.

Fishing is allowed and you can relax while fishing for snook, redfish, sheepshead or sea trout. The Visitor's Center can fill you in on what's in season and where to fish. Boating is also allowed in designated areas of the Refuge.
In 1967 the sanctuary was renamed for the political cartoonist Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling. Ding was an avid conservationist and in 1945 he was instrumental in having President Harry Truman sign an Executive order creating the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge. Currently approximately 2,800 acres are designated by Congress as a Wilderness Area.

The Refuge offers much more than I can mention in this blog, and you can find more information at this Website. You can also visit my new webpage and check out my video of the Refuge. You can see roseate spoonbills along with egrets and herons feeding on the flats. You can check out the video Here!

I hope you remember to make time for a visit to the Refuge on your next island visit, but until then, please give me a call at 239-691-4915, or use my contact form for all the latest information about my special islands! Miles and miles of beach, our historic lighthouse, condos, homes and vacant land - this is the year for you to explore Sanibel and Captiva real estate!

Thanks!
Sarah
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Wednesday, August 29 2012
Luxury Sanibel Living

Located at 3131 West Gulf Drive, Wedgewood of Sanibel is a true luxury condo. Wedgewood has only 18 units so you feel like you have the whole complex to yourself.

This condo is gulf front and no units are more than a few steps away from miles and miles of Sanibel's best beaches!

Wedgewood is close to the island's best restaurants and shopping. It is also located just steps from The Bailey Tract conservation property. This 100-acre tract has lots of trails and bird watching to enjoy! You can check out the walking trails here.

Sanibel is over 60% conservation property (The largest being the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge) and you have over 20 miles of biking/walking trails to help you explore.

Currently there is only one condo available at Wedgewood, a three bedroom, three bath penthouse unit listed at $1,349,000. This fully furnished corner unit has 3,222 total sq. ft. and has a private roof top sundeck. If this condo sounds perfect for you, or you want me to put you on my "alert" list for future listings, please contact me here, or give me a call at 239-691-4915

Our summer is in full swing and this is a great time to start thinking about Sanibel real estate or Captiva real estate! Mortgage rates are still at historic lows and real estate prices are just starting to inch upward.

No matter what criteria you have (price, size, location, etc.) I can put your email address into my system and you will be automatically sent information on any new listings that fits your dream property! Let me help you!

I have lived on Sanibel for many years and I can explain all the benefits of living with nature on Sanibel Island. We have so much to do on our islands and we are just a short drive across the causeway to Fort Myers. Even Disney World and all the theme parks are just a few hours drive.

Florida is all you think it is! We love it here.

For more information, and a virtual tour, about Wedgewood of Sanibel you can visit my Wedgewood webpage.

I also have lots of other condos listed here, as well as information about Captiva Island and even a "Welcome to Captiva" video!

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

Sarah
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Friday, April 13 2012
 Pointe Santo de Sanibel
One of Sanibel's BEST condo developments!

Pointe Santo de Sanibel is a gulf front condo located at the end of Tarpon Bay Road. Offering weekly rentals, this complex is a favorite for families. The pool-side clubhouse always has activities to keep the kids entertained while the adults relax by the pool!

 

 

Build in the mid 70s, Pointe Santo de Sanibel has 141 units. The units face a large lake in the center of the resort or the Gulf of Mexico. The resort/condo has some of the best repeat rental business for weekly rentals.

 

Sanibel Island offers so much for visitors and locals and this condo adds to the list. Along with the clubhouse, there is a large pool, two tennis courts, miles and miles of Sanibel beach, and weekly rentals.

Currently there are 10 units available. One condo is a one bedroom, one bath for $497,900. Eight are two bedroom, two bath units from $599,900 to $885,000. There is one three bedroom, two bath, listed for $949,00.

All the listed units are fully furnished and ready to go! Pointe Santo de Sanibel is a fantastic place to spend your vacation, as well as have your unit for rent when you're not able to be there. The location is near Bailey's General Store, our movie theatre, and all the great shopping on Periwinkle Way.

 

If you want to explore our islands you can hop on over 20 miles of biking/walking trails right in front of the resort. If golf is your sport, Sanibel and Captiva have three semi-private championship golf courses to choose from.

If you just want to enjoy nature, over 60% of Sanibel Island is conservation preserve, the largest protected area being the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. The bird watching on Sanibel is as famous as the shelling on our beaches!

 

 

I have a great slideshow tour of Pointe Santo de Sanibel on my condo page (HERE) as well as a map of the property. Check it out and let me know what you think!

As always, I can answer all your Sanibel Real Estate questions, as well as any general questions you might have about life on these great islands! Just give me a call at 239-691-4915, or use this Contact Form, and I'll help in any way I can! Mortgage rates are incredibly low and prices are reasonable! This is the time to buy!

 

Thanks,
Sarah

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Thursday, March 08 2012

Chateaux Sur Mer

Located near the west end of Sanibel, Chateaux Sur Mer is a terrific near-beach subdivision where all the properties are just a short walk to the beach.
The deeded beach access allows all residents a fast and easy way to enjoy miles and miles of Sanibel's best beaches! This area is also perfect for sunset walks, or to get on your bike and enjoy over 20 miles of Sanibel bike trails!

 

 

Chateaux Sur Mer is made up of five streets: Rue Belle Mer, Rue Helene, Rue Bayou, Ruelle and Rue Royale. The subdivision is close to the Sanibel School, the Ding Darling Wildlife Sanctuary and Captiva Island.

 

 

Currently there are just a few properties available in this picturesque subdivision, and I can fill you in on all the details! There are two vacant properties listed at $496,000 and $579,000. There are three homes for sale ranging from $1,285,000 to $2,650,000.

Contact me for more information about these properties!

You can also check out my video of Chateaux Sur Mer and my near-beach vacant lot listing. The property measures 135' by 145' and will allow 30% - 35% coverage to build your beach get-away.

I can help you with the unique possibilities available to you concerning Sanibel construction.

I am also a "Green" designated Realtor. If you are interested in building an energy efficient home I can help! You can also check out my "Green" webpages for more information.

 

Be sure to check out my website search engine to find ALL the listings available. If you would like me to set up an automatic search for a property you would be interested in, just contact me with the criteria of your needs and you will be automatically sent any new listings that fit what you're looking for!

Sarah

 

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Friday, January 29 2010
Many visitors to Sanibel Island visit the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge to see the amazing birds, the abundant alligators and our infamous Croc.  For those who know what I am talking about it is likely you saw her for yourself - 14 feet long and a gazillion teeth - she was one of the most amazing and scary creatures I have ever witnessed. 

It was reported in the News Press today that she has died.  She was found dead about a mile and a half from the refuge along the banks of the Sanibel River.  It appears that she died from natural causes and the recent cold spell likely didn't help this amphibian. 

We will all be a little sadder going through Ding and anticipating that perhaps around the next bend we would see her sunning herself, her mouth agape displaying all her hundreds of teeth.  For the years that I have lived on Sanibel, the croc was distinctly Sanibel and a creature of awe in an awe-inspiring place.  She will be missed.

For more information...

http://www.news-press.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20101290375
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Saturday, October 03 2009
Wow - it has been a while since my last Blog entry - I have been really busy settling into Royal Shell Preferred Properties.  Moving is a good deal of work when you want to ensure that your clients don't miss a beat when it comes to Sanibel Island real estate and Captiva Island real estate! Click Here to read more about my exciting new company.

On Thursday I was taking a little break and went on this fantastic bike ride through Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.  It was the first day of October and a cool front had passed through the day before so it was dry and glorious here on Sanibel Island. 

The birds seemed to think life was pretty good on Sanibel as well.  There were a dozen Roseate Spoonbills, about 40 Great White Herons, and too-many-to-count Snowy Egrets.  The best part was that they were in the trees, wading in the water and flying all around - it looked like they were having a party! 

Sanibel Island is a truly special place.  To really enjoy it, you need to take the time to see it and experience it.  I feel so fortunate that I live in such a wonderful place.
Sanibel Island Real Estate
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